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Old 04-20-2017, 02:17 AM
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Last evening our Zoning Hearing Board heard a request to open a membership-only indoor gun range and retail store in our township. As Chairman, I ran the meeting and was really impressed with the audience which filled the meeting room and consisted of law enforcement personnel and pro-gun folks. The process was very orderly and we granted approval for the request.

Some neighbors expressed concerns regarding noise and possible explosion dangers. The applicant currently runs a gun shop and answered all questions about the new shooting range. The only condition we put on the proposed use was to prohibit the use or storage of black powder on the site. The applicant agreed and assured everyone that only smokeless powder ammunition would be used on the ranges.

An anti-gun zoning board could have made things very difficult for the applicant, but we were a friendly board. That is why I serve on it. All the best...
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Sounds like it turned out better than most. Even in gun frrendly areas like where I live, its almost an insurmountable obstacle getting a rifle range up and going (and keeping it going).
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:11 AM
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It's always nice to hear great news even if it's somebody else. I live in a small town and there is no indoor range around here. I'm glad things worked out for you.
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Old 04-21-2017, 02:54 AM
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What's your Beef with Black powder??
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:10 AM
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No beef with black powder

As part of a special exception appeal to a zoning board, there must be consideration of safety factors when permitting an indoor shooting range in a residential neighborhood. Black powder is a low grade explosive and treated differently regarding storage and handling than smokeless powder. So black powder usage and storage was excluded from this site. The applicant suggested it and the board and neighbors agreed. All the best...
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:22 AM
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B'sides, can you imagine the air after lighting off six from a Ruger Old Army?

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Old 04-22-2017, 08:26 AM
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B'sides, can you imagine the air after lighting off six from a Ruger Old Army?

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Yes i understand the indoor smoke issue, but the retail store part??
I see Gil is in PA, and thinking they are treating good old BP almost like that Communist state new jersey!
The BP issue is total BS IMO! Never saw a pigeon fall out of the sky when a camera flashed in Gunsmoke!!
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:26 AM
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Black powder is legal in Pennsylvania and I own and use it on a regular basis. My Zoning Hearing Board did not take any action against black powder. The applicant said he did not want black powder used or stored at his premises. We merely agreed with him. What part of that is so hard to understand? Take care. All the best...
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